The ultimate multi-tasker, skin plays many other roles essential to our health and wellbeing:
Temperature regulation: Skin perspires to cool the body and contracts the vascular system in the dermis to conserve heat.
Control of sensation: Nerve endings in skin make it sensitive to pressure, vibration, touch, pain and temperature.
Regeneration: Skin is able to repair wounds.
Food source: The fat cells in the subcutis serve as important storage units for nutrients. When the body needs them, they pass into the surrounding blood vessels and are carried to where they are required.
Skin also plays an important psychological role. As the most visible indicator of health, the condition of our skin affects how we feel about ourselves and how others view us. When skin is healthy and problem-free it is able to do its job better and we feel more comfortable and confident.